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G-Prep students to receive service award

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Kandis Carperkandis Carper Staff writer

Gonzaga Prep senior Caitlin McKenna and sophomore Elizabeth Burunova have been presented the Ignatian Service Award, which honors students who best represent the Ignatian spirit of community service and being a person for others.

McKenna is the daughter of John and Molly McKenna.

Neil Kempen, director of community service at Gonzaga Prep, nominated McKenna. Kempen stated, “Caitlin is truly an inspirational person. She has excelled in terms of being generous with her time and her gifts.

“I admire how Caitlin is able to keep a smile on her face and to always be in a positive frame of mind. I am sure she has served many people with her enthusiastic attitude and winning personality. It has been a pleasure getting to know her.”

McKenna’s commitment to volunteerism and involvement in school are evident in her list of accomplishments. She has been a volunteer at Holy Family Hospital since the summer of 2002, served more than one hundred hours as an acolyte and Eucharistic minister at St. Charles Parish, and volunteered at Hoopfest in the first aid tent.

She is a National Honor Society tutor and an Ancilla member and was active in Prep’s food drive and homeroom community garden.

Burunova is the daughter of Viktor and Olga Burunova.

In his nomination of Burunova, Kempen stated, “Being only a sophomore, it is amazing to me that Elizabeth has already accumulated over five hundred hours as a tutor to high school students. Stronger than mere words, this unselfish action shows her commitment toward helping people in need.

“I am sure Elizabeth will achieve much in her high school years and beyond.”

In addition to tutoring students, Burunova is involved in the 4-H program. She has volunteered in the main office at Prep and is in Phase II Jazz Choir.

St. George’s student named

Jonathan Steenblik, a senior at St. George’s School has been named a finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Steenblik, the son of Paul and Mary Steenblik, is one of 15,000 high school seniors nationwide who are finalist to earn Merit Scholarship awards. He has met all the requirements to advance to the finalist standing.

Students enter the National Merit program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.3 million entrants each year, and by meeting program requirements.

Award winners will be named later this spring.

Ensemble offers ‘Cabaret Night’

The Gonzaga Prep Jazz Ensemble will present “Cabaret Night,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Barbieri Student Center on campus, 1224 E. Euclid Ave.

In addition to an Italian dinner and dessert, there will be door prizes, a DVD raffle, casino games, dancing and music provided by the Jazz Ensemble with special guests.

Tickets are $10.

For reservations, call Anna Oberg at 435-1844 or band director Tom Molter at 483-8511.

Placement tests planned

Placement testing for prospective students in grades 6 through 12 will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. George’s School, 2929 W. Waikiki Road. Top high school scores qualify students to apply for a $3,000 scholarship.

An open house for students entering grades 6 through 8 will be at 6 p.m. March 22. The open house will precede the middle school’s academic and art fair.

To register for placement testing or to attend the open house, call Debbie Duvoisin at 466-1636, ext. 304, or e-mail

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